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Energy: 15
Cooldown: 12s
Range: 4 m
Ambushes an enemy for 4070 - 4688 kinetic damage. Only usable while behind the target. If used from stealth, Backstab deals 5174 - 5792 kinetic damage and grants a Tactical Advantage.

Note: Damage and healing values are based off a level 50 character in green gear. Our staff are still adjusting and adding effects to the formulas, so bear with us as we continue to improve these numbers for launch.

Ability Details

Dispel typen/a
GCD categoryn/a
Cost15 Energy
Range4 meters
Cast timeInstant
Cooldown12 seconds
GCD0 seconds
Effect details


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By unindel at 2011-11-25 12:24:23
As a tip when using backstab in PvE encounters even when you have aggro, use the Fragmentation Grenade to knock a weak enemy down. Once it's on the ground you can easily circle behind it to backstab while it's getting up. Obviously this doesn't work on "Strong" or "Elite" level enemies since they won't get knocked down.
By raccoonmask at 2011-12-22 06:00:09
Also, there's Debilitate which helps. And an ally distracting it. If you went for the concealment tree, Lacerate>Collateral Strike also stuns. However, the frag grenade's a creative one I hadn't thought of, considering how many random stuns I had around.
By Shockrah at 2012-02-01 13:06:47

Do these knife like abilities use the knife weapon damage as part of their attack? If so does anyone know the % of the source from each ability? or at least how the damage of each knife ability is derived?

Ops Ranged has a set amount of damage listed under the ranged tab but Tech only shows bonus tech damage.

By Jedisageiscool at 2013-10-18 16:48:55
I wonder why backstab and backblast have a cooldown but maul(assassin) and shadowstrike(shadow) don't?
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